April 16, 2019 – Assange Gets Union Backing, ILWU May Day & Gentrification & CA DIR Baker Scandal

WorkWeek first hears a report about the Australian Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance supporting Assange and calling for his return to Australia. Next WorkWeek looks at the plans for 2019 May Day by ILWU Local 10 and the connection to gentrification and the proposed new A’s stadium at the Howard Terminal. We interview past ILWU Local 10 president Lawrence Thibeaux who is now president of Pensioners in Local 10, past ILWU Local 10 Secretary-Treasurer Clarence Thomas who is working with the May Day Committee and Kimberly King who is on the Executive Board of the Peralta Federation of Teachers, an instructor at Laney Community College and chair of the union diversity committee. They also discuss the role of the billionaire A’s owner John Fisher whose family also runs the KIPP foundation and Rocketship charter schools.
Last, WorkWeek radio looks at the deepening corruption scandal at the California Division of Industrial Relations DIR which was headed by Christine Baker. A California audit completed last year reported that Baker had put her daughter Julianna Baker, on the payroll and she had not done any work and received $129,000.
After the report, she resigned and former governor Jerry Brown then appointed her to the California Fraud Assessment Commission FAC and the California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has refused to investigate her and her daughter for fraud and corruption.
We interview Garrett Brown, a former Cal-OSHA staff member and editor of Inside Cal/OSHA and Dr. Larry Rose, the former medical director of Cal-OSHA.

Additional media:
Maritime industry warns of harm from proposed Oakland A’s stadium…ed-13773052.php
A’s Billionaire Owner Fisher Loses Laney College Land Grab-Labor Community Speak Out
Laney Land Not For Sale! Community, Students & Faculty Rally Against A’s Land Grab Of College Land
WW4-16-19 Assange Gets Union Backing, ILWU May Day & Gentrification & CA DIR Baker Scandal
Workweek-radio – Ww4-16-19-assange-gets-union-backing-ilwu-may-day-gentrification-ca-dir-baker-scandal…1117347645805277184
CA State Audit Investigation of Improper Activities by a State Agency DIR and Its Employees…-audit-report.pdf
Former OSHA Med Director Dr. Larry Rose On DIR Christine Baker Corruption Scandal & The State Of Workers Comp and Health & Safety In California
Workweek-radio – Ww-4-17-19-former-osha-med-director-dr-larry-rose-on-dir-christine-baker-scandal
No Reporters Allowed By CA DIR Director Baker At “Private Event” On Cal-Osha & Workers Comp
May Day 2018 Oakland & SF Workers Rally & Speak Out -UNITE To Stop Union Busting Racist Attacks
Secret investigation weakens trust in state auditor
Auditor’s investigation exposed nepotism at DIR. Why did she try to hide it?…tml#storylink=cpy…cle228455704.html…-off-the-books/
California fights to keep nepotism investigation out of employee’s discipline hearing…cle228700664.html…fornia-2018-4
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